With summer coming so quickly, I am getting ready to keep the older two King kids learning so they don’t forget all they have learned through the school year! Their teachers typically send home an activity calendar with ideas, which is great for their math, reading, and all that. They haven’t ever sent home Bible verses to go over, though, so I have been working to put together a list for those myself. My kids do go to a Christian school, so while I’ve been making the list I have had to take into consideration ones they have already learned there. Or from Sunday school. I’ve also thought about important ones they may have learned before, but forgotten!
Memorizing Bible verses is important for those of the Christian faith. In Psalm 119:11 says. “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” David points out here that memorizing scripture helps us to not sin against God. In verse 105 of the same Psalm he says “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Which tells us that God’s words guides us and lights up our way. Since it’s so important, we should probably keep it with us! We may not always have our Bible with us, but we will always have our heart and mind with us. So, we should store God’s word there!
I am taking seriously what God tells his people to do in Deuteronomy 11:18; “Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” I want to train up my children in the way they should go (Prov. 22:6). I want them to have lots of bible verses memorized so they have them when they need them. There may come a time when they need to comfort a friend, they need wisdom for making a decision, they need to war in the spirit with prayer and God’s word, or they need to answer someone else’s question about God and the Bible. It is part of my job to help ready them for those circumstances.
Summer break 2018 is about 12 weeks for my kids. We will work on learning each verse from the NKJV for 2 weeks. The first and last verses will overlap into their school year a bit, which is totally fine! They wont likely be getting any homework like that the last and first weeks anyway. We will be working on memorizing these Bible verses during their scheduled summer “homework” time each week day. Even though I know most of them, I will be doing them right along with my kids. Don’t be surprised to find me posting more about them as I dig deeper!
June 4th – 15th
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6
June 18th – 29th
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7
July 2nd – 13th
“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly” Proverbs 2:6-7
July 16th – 27th
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:2
July 30th – August 10th
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
August 13th – 24th
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4: 15 – 16
August 27th – September 7th
“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” 1 John 3:18
Do your kids have these same Bible verses memorized? What are some ways you teach them memory verses at home? Which verses will your family be learning this summer? Let me know in the comments!